It’s officially Pride Month in the States — a special time of the year where all the marketing teams around the Western world make their marketing intern scour the depths of their cloud filing system to dust off their long-lost rainbow_flag_variant_logo.jpeg.
We here at Queer Computer believe that this is an empty gesture, a way of pandering to the queer community for their pink dollar … so let me know if this works and I’ll give you my bank details.
This month, the Queer Computer multi-verse is expanding. That’s right, we’re going multi-platform! (And also I have uni assignments due so I’ll be posting smaller bits of content elsewhere).
The usual suspects
Like most people, I’m also in bed with Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. I’ll be pushing exclusive bits of Pride Month related content to their respective platforms. There is quite a few gay things happening online this month — including Metaverse Pride, god help us all.
Enter the are.na
I've started a Queer Computer channel on are.na. Are.na is a platform for connecting ideas and building knowledge (according to their instagram). It’s like a minimalist social media without ads and likes, where people upload links and images within collections on different topics. By following the Queer Computer channel, you’ll get a special insight into the research that goes behind the newsletter, and you’ll also out yourself as a complete nerd.
Queer Computer and FoMS join the metaverse
The lovely people at 50mm Collective have curated my first NFT into a group exhibition for Pride Month, called Visibility Gallery.
I’m pretty excited that the online gallery is being hosted irl across a handful of locations in New York. The digital gallery is hosted on ‘oncyber’ and it’s worth checking out just for the nifty tech.
Identity-based art exhibitions aren’t particularly my jam — I generally think that an identity is too broad to be curated into a cohesive exhibition, and we can dig a little deeper with our curation. However, I tuned into the digital launch party on Twitter Spaces and it was absolutely beautiful to hear all the artists respond to being represented and feeling seen. I sometimes forget how powerful and important representation is.
I don’t care about your TikTok, boy
Some of you may have remembered that in the last issue I promised that if Queer Computer got 12 new subscribers then I’d drop my own verse to a cringey TikTok song challenge. Well, guess what, you did it.
Since then, I made a Queer Computer TikTok and attempted the song challenge many times … but it was too cringe. I considered expanding Queer Computer to TikTok but after much investigation I have concluded that TikTok is a toxic landfill fire, and we should all do our best not to inhale the dangerous fumes it emits.
To the future
I have lots of Queer Computer projects in the pipeline that I’m very excited to share. If you’d like to get involved in any way, let me know by replying to this email or commenting.
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I play League of Legends Wild Rift and during Pride Month, they introduced the rainbow trail where champions run and and they have this beautiful multi-colored trail. Immediately cut off on July 1. Such a shame